Update 11:55 p.m. Luis Ortiz wins by TKO at 1:37 in the sixth round over Charles Martin. Martin was ahead on the scorecards, and had the first two knockdowns in the fight. But in the sixth Ortiz put Martin down twice, and the second time referee Frank Santore stopped it.
Update 11:25 p.m. The undercard is over, and we’re onto the main event of the evening. The ring walks have begun, and we should be just a few minutes from the fight!
We might not get a unified heavyweight champion until later in 2022 at the earliest, but the heavyweights still get the spotlight to open the year. Luis Ortiz and Charles Martin face off atop a FOX PPV card that is filled with heavyweights. You can watch the bout via live stream at FITE.tv.
The main card gets underway at 8 p.m. ET and Ortiz and Martin are expected to enter the ring sometime around 10:30 p.m. Ortiz comes into the bout as a -340 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and Martin is a +265 underdog. Total rounds is installed at 6.5 with the over priced at -120 and the under at +100. The fight going the distance is +210. The winning method outcome odds are as follows:
Ortiz by decision or technical decision: +350
Ortiz by KO, TKO, DQ: -190
Martin by decision or technical decision: +800
Martin by KO, TKO, DQ: +550
We’ll be providing live scoring for as many rounds as the bout lasts.
Luis Ortiz vs. Charles Martin round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Martin
Ortiz actually won the round, but a big left hand put Ortiz down on the canvas and stayed on one knee for a couple seconds. Ortiz landed more, but the knockdown shifts the scoring.
Round 2: 10-9 Ortiz
While Ortiz doesn’t look totally steady on his feet, he also landed the bigger punches in the round. Martin came forward early, but started to back off as some wild swings went wanting.
Round 3: 10-9 Martin
The control of the ring went to Martin, who got in and out quick enough and held the ring generalship so far. It feels like a big punch can change everything from either fighter.
Round 4: 10-8 Martin
Another round Ortiz was winning, but a knockdown from a jab as the 10 seconds sticks begin to clap gives the round to the former IBF champion. A weird and wild fight so far, if not a ton of activity.
Round 5: 10-9 Ortiz
More activity and with some power from the Cuban. Ortiz still looks a bit unsteady on his feet, but he’s able to string together some combinations to the head and body. But it feels like one big shot from Martin would end this pretty quickly if he can find it.
Round 6: Luis Ortiz wins by TKO!
A huge left hand on the temple from Ortiz stunned Charles Martin early in the round, and he looked to be out on his feet for a couple seconds before being knocked down. But his hand and glove were caught in the rope! He might have stayed down, but referee Frank Santore Jr. had to free him so he could get back to his feet!
That was the signal for Ortiz to move in for the kill, with Ortiz putting him back on the canvas while falling forward. After an eight-count, Santore correctly ended the fight.
And it’s all over.. RSC Ortiz beats Martin in Rnd 6 pic.twitter.com/XqD2sYebYq— Asgar Tair (@asgartair) January 2, 2022
Luis Ortiz wins by TKO at 1:37 of the sixth round